Monday, August 13, 2018

Prayer Focus - Redeemer
1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. - 2 Timothy 3:1-5
There will be last days. Paul gives us some of the characteristics of people’s behavior in the last days. He calls them terrible. I have no way of knowing if we are in the last days. Nobody does. I do know that many of the things Paul describes are characteristic of the days we are living in now. He calls them terrible and in a very straightforward way says have nothing to do with these people exhibiting wrongful behavior. What he means by that is don’t emulate their behavior. Another side of last days which I consider terrible as well is knowing there are people who are not spiritually ready for the last days. That makes for the worst kind of last days. We don’t know the time this present age will come to a close so we really have no choice but to be ready now if we are concerned at all about eternal life. Dealing with ungodly behavior is one thing, being separated from God eternally is quite another thing. I’m not taking any chances. I’m going to be as ready as possible if we are indeed embarking on or participating in the last days. I’m seeking God’s power to guide me in the truth of walking as a Christ-follower every moment of my life. I trust you are as well.
Heavenly Father, I declare Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and I ask you to empower me to walk in that truth. Forgive me for the things which break covenant with you. Lead me in the way of righteousness because I desire to live with you throughout eternity. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.